Nickelsville organizers secure two more camp sites

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by ANGELA KING / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 12:40 PM

Organizers of the homeless encampment Nickelsville have secured two more camp sites, in addition to one they found in the Central District.

The announcement came just three days before the city was scheduled to evict campers from their current location in South Seattle.

Some residents had vowed to stand their ground if they couldn't find a place to relocate to by September 1st.

"We're a community that helps one another," said camper Rachel Johnson. "This is a safe place and this is our family."

The city dedicated $500,000 to help campers find new homes before the September 1 deadline. By Sunday, outreach workers had relocated at least 47 of the more than 120 campers at the site.

The new locations won't be disclosed until Friday. Organizers said they wanted to talk to their new neighbors first, before disclosing that information.

The two new sites brings the total number to three. On Sunday, the group said it had secured another camp site near 20th and Jackson in the Central District.

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